Mothers this slogan “Make America Great Again” was a popular one in the recent presidential election. Donald Trump used it extensively in his campaign. It’s catchy and there’s no doubt that millions of people voted because they are not satisfied with the way things have been going.They want a change for the better.
They could certainly not be blamed for wanting a change for the better. By all the numbers, their lives have not been all sunshine and roses. There are 12 million single-parent families in the United States. And in more than 80 percent of them. The person who’s running the household is a woman. About 40 percent of these families are considered poor.
Poor mother struggle more in life.
Millions of single mothers who are struggling economically in this country. These are women who are working at low-wage jobs. Their income is stretched thin. Expenses for child care, rent, transportation, and the basic necessities of life for their families. Millions of single mothers do not have the education. To qualify for higher paying jobs.So they often have to work two and three low paying jobs usually without benefits. To put food on the table for their families.
America is not great for women in this situation.
What’s the solution? A call for more public assistance programs like welfare You say. Single mothers themselves often see the answer as more education. So they can qualify for better paying jobs.
Education works. A study in New York a few years ago found that single mothers who got college degrees. Were more likely to get off public assistance programs. Than those who didn’t, and the more education the better. In terms of getting off the dole. One hundred percent of the single mothers who got four year degrees got off public assistance. Compared to those with two year degrees.
Educate the struggling single ladies
However, it’s not easy for a single mother to balance all the demands of work, family, and attending school. Few colleges have on-campus childcare centers for students. There are many other needs of single motherhood that fall through the cracks on college campuses. Also, many single mothers complain that social workers and government caseworkers steer them toward vocational training. Rather than academic degrees. Simply because government policies favor that kind of short-term training.
To really make America great again for single mothers.
We need to address the critical needs so many of them have. The majority of women who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. Our country should support that wholeheartedly. This is a huge segment of our country, and we cannot ignore it. Politicians should come up with creative ideas to get single mothers the education and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. We will reap many benefits from helping these hard-working, dedicated, good-hearted mothers to succeed and raise children who will be a credit to our country.
Let’s make America great again for single mothers. They deserve a chance too.